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FREE s Friday, October 4, 2013 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL A6 STEVE-O AT TACOMA COMEDY CLUB B2 B1 Y YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER - 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WHAT’S RIGHT WITH TACOMA LINK RIDERS WILL PAY $1 PER RIDE NEXT YEAR ų PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER LINK. Sound Transit’s board has decided that Tacoma’s Link light rail will cost $1 per ride next year and then jump to $1.50 in 2016. By Steve Dunkelberger The end of free rides on Tacoma Link is here. Sound Transit Commissioners voted to begin collecting $1 fares from Tacoma Link riders starting next September and start charging X See LINK / page A5 TOTEM SET FOR BRACING THAT WILL LIKELY STAND FOR DECADES ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH PUTS ON JOYFUL FESTIVAL CELEBRATE TACOMA’S GREEK LEGACY By Kathleen Merryman Souvlaki makes Tacomans happy. S p a n a ko p e t a makes Tacomans warm. Baklava makes Tacomans dance. The proof is in the party, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church’s annual Greek Festival. Friday through Sunday, Oct.4, 5 and 6, it will bring the joy – and the food, music and culture – to the church on the corner of South Yakima Avenue and 15th Street. The women who have been cooking, freezing and baking sweets and TAKE HOME HAND-MADE BREADS savories since August can’t quite agree on when and how the festival began, even though this year’s flyer bills it as “The 52nd Tacoma Greek Festival.” “We had a bazaar in 1935,” Katherine Turlis said. “It was just for the parish. We always served a chicken dinner.” The church was 10 years old then, completed in 1925 on land donated by Nicholas Apostolos. Sally Hallis is sure of the year because her inlaws married then, and theirs was the first wedding celebrated in the church. The Hallis family was, and is, in the fresh produce business. Other Greeks were grocers, or fish X See GREEK / page A5 TO SEE A VIDEO OF PREPARATIONS FOR THE FESTIVAL, VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.TACOMAWEEKLY.COM. PAGE A4 By Steve Dunkelberger PHOTOS BY KATHLEEN MERRYMAN prepare for their annual Greek Festival. Top, Despina Abatzis arranges tsoureki loaves while Allison Franklin takes a whiff of their fresh-baked aroma. Middle left, quality control enforcer Kathleen Heidel, front, and Anna Karanasos, baste unbaked loaves with milk and sprinkle them with sesame seeds. Middle right, the women of the church roll and braid the dough into loaves. Bottom, Richard Heidel and Mike Wilen wait to put trays onto the oven’s revolving shelves. ADMISSION IS FREE. FOR INFORMATION, GO TO FACEBOOK. COM/GREEKFESTIVALTACOMA ELECTION ’13: Bacon, Holdeman vie for Port of Tacoma Commission. that has towered over the city for more than 100 years will have help standing once a brace is installed. The brace will allow time for a longerterm solution for the icon. OPA! St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church members THE FESTIVAL IS OPEN FROM 11 A.M. TO 9 P.M. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AND FROM 11 A.M. TO 6 P.M. SUNDAY. Stadium Soccer A6 PHOTO BY STEVE DUNKELBERGER TOTEM. The Tacoma totem Bellarmine Prep Volleyball A7 Pothole Pig ...............A2 Crime Stoppers.........A3 Western Art B4 Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission has greenlighted a plan to brace the slowly deteriorating Tacoma Totem Pole in Fireman’s Park. The idea is for the 110year-old totem pole to be braced up with a pole that is banded to the totem to keep the rotting wood structure from toppling over. The plan now is to install a steel pole along the back of the totem with two steel bands securing the totem to the support pole at a cost of about $40,000. The support bands and pole will be placed in ways to downplay their visibility, but also X See TOTEM / page A5 Facebook: Twitter: @Tacomaweekly Tumblr: Pinterest: Flickr:ÁLFNUFRPWDFRPDZHHNO\ Sports ......................A6 Make A Scene ........ B5 A&E ....................... ..B1 Calendar ................. B6 Look for daily updates online! Two Sections | 20 Pages

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